Sunday, December 31, 2017

Al Petteway - Whispering Stones (USA 1994) @320


With a style which is best described as an artful synthesis of Celtic/British ideas and tunings with American themes and drive, GRAMMY winning guitarist Al Petteway has established himself as one of the most prolific and talented players in the genre.

Washington, D.C.'s dazzling fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, Al Petteway, has weaved together traditional folk tunes and new compositions into a spirited Celtic sound on Whispering Stones. It includes originals for solo guitar and with flute, mandolin, piano, and cello. 
Petteway is a winner of three WAMMIES from the Washington Area Music Association for Best New Artist, Best Instrumentalist and Best Recording.


01 - Spindrift
02 - Felicia's Wish
03 - Whispering Stones
04 - Wolf's Head
05 - The West Wind
06 - Dryad Dance
07 - Song For John
08 - North Country Moor
09 - Magik
10 - The Wedding
11 - Final Passage {For Jimi Hendrix}
12 - Festival Waltz
13 - A New Dawn
14 - The Blacksmith
15 - Sidh Beag Sidh Mor
16 - Midnight Ride
17 - Lady Sarah's Fancy
18 - All Through The Night


Al Petteway - Guitar 
with guests:
Pat Petteway - Piano, bells, clarinet, percussion;
Felicia Petteway - Flute;
Diana McFadden - Cello;
Akira Otsuka - mandolin;
Zan McLeod - octave mandolin performed by GRAMMIE winning acoustic guitarist and WAMMIE Award winner

Friday, December 22, 2017

Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou - Pont Gwenn ha Pont Stang [1995 France] @VBR256


Jean-Michel Veillon
Born on the north coast of Brittany, Jean-Michel Veillon was first a dancer and then a bombard* player in his teens. He then started to play the transverse wooden flute, getting
his first influences from various Irish flute players, but then created distinct articulation techniques, more adapted to the Breton music.
Jean-Michel toured Europe and the U.S extensively from the 1980’s until today as a founder 
member of the highly praised KORNOG, PENNOU SKOULM, DEN, BARZAZ, OUD’SAMES, Alain GENTY Group, Dan AR BRAZ & Heritage des Celtes, Jacques PELLEN & Celtic Procession (jazz and trad fusion), and recently toured with the prestigious tabla player ZAKIR HUSSAIN, recording a live CD (« Distant Kin ») at the San Francisco Jazz Center together with Indian, Scottish and Irish musicians.
Widely credited with introducing the simple system wooden flute into Breton folk music and primarly responsible, through his intensive teaching efforts and hundreds of concerts and festivals appearances, for its enthusiastic adoption among many dozens of young musicians throughout Brittany, Jean-Michel has achieved widespread recognition as one of world’s premier traditional flute players.
[* Bombard : old type of very loud double reed oboe, almost an emblem of Brittany] 

Yvon Riou
Guitar player from the coast of Tregor*, started with playing the open tuning (dadgad type), popularized in Brittany by guitarists like Soïg Sibéril and Gilles Le Bigot. He later developed his own very personal style of accompaniment, both sensitive and energetic, which makes him sound like no other.
Yvon played with the breton bands Skolvan & Pennoù Skoulm and accompanied on several occasions famous Irish musicians like Brid Harper or the trio Paul Bradley, Ger Fitzgerald & Joe Mc Kenna. He was also part of the Brian Mc Combe band with the Brittany-based bodhrán player and percussionist David « Hopi » Hopkins, touring several times all over France and Poland.
[*Tregor : beautiful part of northern Brittany, cuturally very rich and dynamic]
Created in 1993, the duo Veillon-Riou was the first flute and guitar duo dedicated to Breton music, playing in innumerable festoù-noz* in Brittany, but also in concert with a repertoire extending to Irish & Scottish music and beyond. Jean-Michel & Yvon have toured extensively in Ireland (recording a live album – « Beo » – at the Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich in Belfast) but also played in Poland, Italy, England, USA and Canada).

[Festoù-noz *(night-fests) : dance-evenings very popular all over Brittany]

01 - Derrière Les Fagots
02 - E Bro Dreger
03 - Dañs Plin
04 - Bal Ha Dañs Plin
05 - Merc'hed Banleg
06 - Kantk Digristen - Ton An Arvar
07 - Ronde Des Chiens Et Des Loups
08 - Adlodennañ
09 - La Place
10 - Menez Bre
11 - Polkas De La Météo Marine
12 - Oye Vie
13 - Reels
14 - Limerick's Lamentation


Flute – Jean-Michel Veillon
Guitar – Yvon Riou
Recorded By, Mixed By – Jacky Molard
Vocals – Gi Laodren (tracks: 7), Rose Troadec (tracks: 10)

Peter Bellamy - The Barrack-Room Ballads of Rudyard Kipling [1976 England] @320


2012 Remaster - 2 CDs

Peter Bellamy made a name for himself setting Rudyard Kipling’s poems to music and turning them into rather fine songs. Most of Peter’s settings have appeared on CD now, but his classic collection of the Barrack Room ballads has never been reissued in its entirety. 
Fellside acquired the rights to the master tapes and now presents it in full with the aded bonus of a further selection Peter was working on when he died.

CD1
01 - Tommy
02 - Soldier Soldier
03 - Mandalay
04 - Troopin'
05 - Cells
06 - Danny Deever
07 - Bill 'awkins
08 - Shillin' A Day
09 - Loot
10 - The Widow At Windsor
11 - The Widow's Party
12 - Gunga Din

CD2
01 - Ford O' Kabul River
02 - Follow Me 'ome
03 - Young British Soldier
04 - The Baynit And The Butt
05 - That Day
06 - Private Ortheris' Song
07 - Cholera Camp
08 - The Ladies
09 - Gentlemen Rankers
10 - Route Marching
11 - Back To The Army Again
12 - Bill 'awkins (Alernative Version) Bonus Track

Peter Bellamy: Vocals, Concertina, Music By.
Chris Birch: Fiddle, Harmony Vocals.
Tony Hall: Melodeon.
Rudyard Kipling: Words by.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jean-Michel Veillon - Beo! (2000 France/ Bretagne) @320

Tracklist:
01. Ton Per Bodouin - Dans Fisel
02. Koadhouarn / Ollie Deus Kentucky
03. Ar Meliner
04. Yannig Kongar / Ar Vagerez / Dans Kerne
05. Eamonn An Chnoic / Raghad'sa Mo Cheaiti
06. The Road To Cashel / The Green Mountain
07. Medyatsiner Waltz / Air Macedonien
08. Marig Ar Polanton
09. Policeman's Holiday / Gan Aim / The Rambling Pitchfork
10. Fretless Flute Song
11. Ton Simpl / Tamm Kreiz
12. Lann Vihan I / Lan Vihan II / Ton Tri
13. Kas A Barh

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Zirp - Drehvolution Zirp [2012 Germany] @320


With their fresh and innovative musical style, Dresden, Germany-based ZiRP are breathing new life into the instrumental folk scene. Roots meets modernism, traditional dance music meets contemporary rock, pop, and jazz – and the result is the one-of-a-kind folk-fusion experience that is ZiRP.


01 - Prolog
02 - A Reel Intro
03 - Vitamin G
04 - El Vals
05 - Sevensk
06 - Zirpoloness
07 - Schottisch Lounge
08 - La Toupie
09 - Dahlhoff Poloness
10 - Wasa Polska

STEPHAN GROTH: Hurdy Gurdy, Low Whistles
OLAF PETERS: DADGAD Guitar, Cister
FLORIAN KOLDITZ: Double Bass, Electric Bass
FLORIAN FÜGEMANN: Drums, Sampling Pad

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kendirvi - Ici à minuit (France/Bretagne 2004) @320


KENDIRVI’s music is above all a fest-noz music which draws its rhythms from the Breton lore to make the crowd dance. But from eastern Europe up to Quebec, through the Middle-East and Argentina, KENDIRVI displays sounds gathered from miscellaneous musical travels. The colours appear and mix here and there according to the sounds collected along the way. Now it’s up to you and your curiosity to find them out and bring them together, as you like it…
On a rough ground, under a big marquee or on an old wooden floor, it makes no odd, your legs cross but your heart and soul go a-roving !

Ici à minuit
After five years on the run, the seven rascals of KENDIRVI have finally accepted to stop over under the garret of a makeshift studio and leave a mark of their untamed music. Locked up in this entrenched place, these funny dealers have bribed a technician who’s no less roguish as they are, and yet who’s been more than once on the verge of cursing the day he was born!! With the utmost patience and moderation, together they have fashioned an original album with a craft sound, which sticks to them and reveals the furtive and spontaneous feature of this adventure.

Yet don’t fancy they have done this to try and make amends for their dirty tricks! Besides, they’ve hit the road again, protesting as loudly as they could against the friendly but cunning pressure of their loyal partners on the dance floor, and swearing the devil they won’t be caught again for quite a while !

Tracklist:
1. Magic Circus Gavotte - Ton simple 03:59
2. Magic Circus Gavotte - Bal 02:34
3. Magic Circus Gavotte - Ton double 04:24
4. Dans les caves de Prekodolce (kas a-barzh) 06:17
5. La moustache de Poulouche (valse) 04:04
6. Clin d'oeil aux cousins (scottish) 05:32
7. Interlude de l'auguste 00:19
8. Les Noces d'hier au soir (ronds de St Vincent) 11:24

Sylvain LEBORGNE : percussions
Romaric BOUGÉ : trompette
Vincent VALO : cellobasse, pieds
Jean-Marie LEBORGNE : guitare
Jérôme LEBORGNE : accordéon
Marie PICAUT : violon
Kevin COLAS : bombarde, clarinette
Invités :
Loïc VALO : mandoline
Matthieu RIOPEL : saxophone
Christian SEGOUIN, Gaël TRÉGOUET, Jean-Bernard PERRIN, Antoine FLOCH, Vincent ROULLIER : chœurs

Cecilia - Blauw Gras (Belgium 2014) @320


“…acoustic folk from Belgium deeply rooted in the traditions of the lowlands and France. The band plays professionally and understands how to arrange the songs in such a way that they are both enjoyable for dancers and for people who just want to listen…”
Eelco Schilder - Folkworld (UK)

“…The way they work together, making it seem utterly natural, marks them as one of the more outstanding new groups to come along…”
Chris Nickson - Sing Out! (USA)

Tracklist:
1. Bramen Plukken / Confituur            3:37
2. Le point du jour                      3:25
3. Het Mezennest / De Vuurkorf van Rudy  3:53
4. Bloesem                               4:30
5. Blauw Gras                            3:44
6. The Horse                             4:24
7. Brassless                             5:49
8. Padre Humberto                        4:02
9. La grive / Le mariage                 3:17
10. Amélie                               3:14
11. Ragapolka                            7:08

Jan Leeflang: Cornemuse du Centre, flûte-à-bec et whistle
Greet Wuyts: Accordéon diatonique
Thomas Hoste: Vielle à roue électroacoustique (alto & soprano)
guest:
AURELIEN (Shruti-Box, Sitar, Tanpura, Tabla)

Hoven Droven - Rost (2011 Sweden) @320


Tracklist:
1. Slyng
2. Käft´n
3. Gubarnas Schottis
4. Mörsil
5. Dang!
6. Fridas
7. Humbugg
8. Rost
9. Oliver´s Fiddle
10. Sista dagen
11. Snodden
12. Sista valsen

Kjell-Erik Eriksson: fiddle
Jens Comén: saxophone
Bo Lindberg: guitars
Björn Höglund: drums & percussion
Pedro Blom: bass

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vasmalom - Vasmalom I (1989 HUNGARY) @320


This, their first album, is apparently the first Hungarian release independent of the state record label, though made on Hungaroton’s presses. It’s full of beautiful tunes, wild and innovative instrumental textures of fiddle, double bass, bagpipe, darabuka, and, most notably, big flutes working in third and higher registers, where shrieking, slithering harmonics get so close together that whole tunes can be played up there without much need for finger-holes. The singing of Eva Molnar, though different in approach, has to it the same aura of authoritative calm which Marta Sebestyen projects, a sort of sphere of silence around the voice.
Folk Roots

01 - Aj Istenem Adj Erot A Lovamnak
02 - Hej Tok Lanyok
03 - Rab Vagyok
04 - Kecsketanc
05 - Bubanat, Bubanat
06 - Tiii-Dli-Dli-Dli Dli-Dli-Dli-Dlii
07 - Gyere Velem Katonanak
08 - Hol Jartal Barjankam
09 - Jar A Kislany
10 - Ludasim, Pajtasim!

Reõthy, Gábor (founder): mandocello, darbuka, tapan, tilinkó, hurdy-gurdy, vocal.
Papp, Ágnes: vocal.
Balogh, Kálmán: cimbalom.
Szokolai Dongó, Balázs: bagpipes, flutes, soprano sax, mongolian style singing, mouthharp. 
Nyiri, László: violin, trumpet violin.
Csuhaj Barna, Tibor: doublebass.

Basco - The Remarkable Return of Old Man Basco (Denmark 2013) @320


Big Basco continue the melting pot of wood and brass, with tasty and powerful music well suited to any audience. Now they have invited more great musicians in the melting pot, the Danish/Norwegian singer Julie Hjetland and the Canadian/Quebecian feet & fiddle player David Boulanger. Basco's material is nearly all original, stealing shamelessly and frivolously from Scandinavian, English, Irish, Scottish and North American idioms to create a kind of organic, musical, soupy stew - full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. For Basco, the tune is the thing, and all else must spring from it. "It's gotta swing!

Tracklist:
1.March of the Frogs
2.Batshit Polka
3.Liden Karen (Little karen)
4. Red Wooden Gate
5.Tune for Fiona
6. Bison grass and Rye / Naughty Boys
7.Two Sisters
8.80's Waltz
9.The Tribulations of the Svendborg Stadtmusicus and his Most Respectable Household
10. Hog Eye Man
11.Walking Tune / Basco Man is Outta Here

BASCO:
Ale Carr: cittern, body percussion, vocal/"brummer" and bones
Hal Parfit Murray: vocal, violin, mandolin
Andreas Tophøj: violin, viola, vocals.
Anders Ringgaard: accordion, trombone.

Guests:
Mads LaCour: flugelhorn.
Ulrik Kofoed: valdhorn.
Jonatan Ahlbom: tuba
Jullie Hjetland: vocal
David Boulanger: violin, vocals and feet
Steffan Sørensen: double bass

Basco - Big Basco (Denmark 2011) @320


Tracklist:
1. Carsten the Fox (Sigurd Hockings)
2. Jacky Tar (Trad)
3. Soon (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
4. Hathaway's Cavalier (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
5. Storebror & Lillebror (Trad)
6. Tea in the Garden (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
7. The Ballad of Andreas and the Rat-Half-Greaser (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
8. Hymn (Anders Rniggaard)
9. The Ferryman (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
10. Moleskin Waltz (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
11. The Elephant (Anders Rniggaard)
12. Big Basco (Hal Parfitt-Murray)
13. Lova Lova (Trad)

Basco:
Hal Parfitt Murray (DK/SCO): lead vocals, violin, viola, foot tapping, cello
Andreas Tophøj (DK): violin, viola, backing vocals
Ale Carr (SE): cittern. Backing vocals, whistling
Anders Ringgaard (DK): Accordion, trombone

And Big Basco
Mads La Cour: Flugelhorn
Ulrik Kofoed: French Horn
Jonatan Ahlbom: Helicon

Basco - The Crow in the Walnut Tree (Denmark 2008) @320


In 2004, ten years ago, almost to the day at the time of writing this, four sweet young lads who should have been training to be bankers or insurance salesmen performed a couple of tunes written by one of the fiddlers at one of the Danish Tønder Festival’s large tent stages. Little did they suspect that a decade later, with many breaks as members completed their studies in far away lands, had vast numbers of children, left the band to renovate houses or just generally laughed, lived and loved, that they would still be touring, writing music together and as a rule, enjoying one another’s company.

Basco has evolved over 10 years, three albums and one change in line-up from a bunch of kids playing some tunes and having a blast, to a group of young men, husbands and fathers, arranging, writing, orchestrating and touring together, and having a blast. They continue to find new ideas to play with, new and interesting artists to collaborate with, and new sparks of genius and streaks of idiocy in each other. It is this playful abandon which drives them, and long may it continue.

Tracklist:
1.Coals to Newcastle
2.Crow in the Walnut Tree/ New pair of Boots
3.The Cats Menuet
4.Princess of Scandinavia
5.Trombone Scottish
6.Kamerika
7.Flensborg Harbour
8.Postcard
9.Hadrian's Waltz
10.Magpie Jig/The Camel Polka
11.Blackberry Blossom
12.The Mermaid

Sigurd Hockings - guitar
Hal Parfitt-Murray - fiddle
Anders Ringgaard - box and trombone
Andreas Tophøj - fiddle

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vasmalom - Vasmalom II (1992 HUNGARY) @320


MAGNIFICENT! A real scorcher of an album! There are insufficient superlatives in the language to adequately describe this heady brew. Friends who visited Budapest brought back Vasmalom’s impressive first album; a few and line-up changes later, they’ve matured so much that they now occupy a well-deserved place in Europe’s premier division. It may seem invidious to single out individuals; all six are outstanding musicians. But special mention must be made of Kalman Balogh, whose scintillating cimbalom has to be heard to believed, and of Balazs Szokolay, for brilliant contributions on flutes, bagpipes, soprano sax - used to such blistering effect on Kerekes (Ring Dance) - and harmonica, when the whole band has enormous fun with Negy Tetel (Four Movements). Then there’s his vocal duet with Eva Molnar on which he uses a truly astonishing Mongolian harmonic overtone style. How does he do it. 
Gabor Reothy’s nifty mandocello and percussion, and Tibor Csuhaj Barna’s bass provide solid rhythmic underpinning, while Andras Doczy adds typically fiery fiddle. Most pieces included are original compositions and are firmly rooted in the Hungarian tradition; energetic dance tunes with unquantifiable time signatures and delicate, often rather mournful, songs. 
Vasmalom delayed their departure from Hungary, for a while, until the tape was ready. Next time they tour, they’ll have the CD and vinyl versions - and they will surely sell like proverbial hot cakes.
Keith Hudson

01 - Dudanóta (Bagpipe Song)
02 - Gergelem (Gergel Dance)
03 - Szerelem (Love)
04 - Kerekes (Ring Dance) - Péter Kertje (Peter's Garden)
05 - Járd Ki Lábam (Come On Feet, Dance)
06 - Testvér (Brother)
07 - Napra Csillag (Stars Follow The Sun)
08 - Add Fel Isten Azt A Napot (God Makes The Sun Rise)
09 - Bolgár Cigány Horo (Bulgarian Gypsy Horo)
10 - Keresztutak (Crossroads)

Reõthy, Gábor (founder): mandocello, darbuka, tapan, tilinkó, hurdy-gurdy, vocal.
Papp, Ágnes: vocal.
Balogh, Kálmán: cimbalom.
Szokolai Dongó, Balázs: bagpipes, flutes, soprano sax, mongolian style singing, mouthharp. 
Nyiri, László: violin, trumpet violin.
Csuhaj Barna, Tibor: doublebass.

Vasmalom - Vasmalom III (1996 HUNGARY) @320


...Hungary’s Vasmalom were equally fabulous. They play Eastern European songs on so many old instruments as well as viola, fiddle, acoustic bass and the cymbalon (something like a small grand piano with the top and sides off struck with two hammer sticks.) Striking voices. In their own compositions they incorporate even more unusual instruments, one looked like a metal stand with blow holes drilled in various places. Certainly one of the discoveries of the weekend.
/W.O.M.A.D. Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

01 - Dudanóta II. - Bagpipe Song II
02 - Veres az ég... - The Sun Sets Red...
03 - Erdélyies - In Transilvanian Style
04 - Párját vesztett... - Lonely Bird
05 - Gergelytánc - Gregory Dance
06 - Porondos Víz - On The Bank Of A Sandy River
07 - A cimbalmos moldvai - The One From Moldva With The Cimbalom
08 - Szerelem II. - Love II.
09 - Viharsarokk - Viharsarock

Reőthy, Gábor (founder): mandocello, darbuka, tapan, tilinkó, hurdy-gurdy, vocal.
Papp, Ágnes: vocal.
Balogh, Kálmán: cimbalom.
Szokolai Dongó, Balázs: bagpipes, flutes, soprano sax, mongolian style singing, mouthharp. 
Nyiri, László: violin, trumpet violin.
Csuhaj Barna, Tibor: doublebass.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Deirdre - Deirdre [1977 Netherlands] @320


Deirdre was a Dutch folkband from the 70s, they had 1 hit single over here in Holland with "Daughter Of Peggy-O".
Their music sounds simular to Steeleye Span sometimes. This album is their only release. 
Great album!!


01. Daughter Of Peggy-O
02. Lovely Joan
03. Cup Of Tea
04. Tell Me What You See In Me
05. Young Waters
06. 't Visserke
07. Nine Points Of Roguery
08. 't Koopmanszoontje
09. Gravel Walk
10. Call The Yowes

Jopie Jonkers: Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine
Pieter Thijssen: Cittern (tracks: 1,5) 
Mik Boes: Drums, Percussion
Jos van Workum: Electric Bass [Fender]
Ad van Meurs: Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic]
Geert Hoes: Fiddle, Concertina, Whistle [Tin]  
Hanneke Luxemburg: Vocals (tracks: 2,5)
Jopie Jonkers: Vocals (tracks: 1,4,6,8,10) 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gwendal - Rainy Day (A Vos Desirs) (France 1976) @320


1. Rainy Day
2. Cam'ye Ower Frae France
3. The Walls Of Liscarroll
4. Butterfly
5. Mon Joly Scooter:
a. Intro
b. Promenade
c. Welcher Tanz Wascha Mesa
d. The Pleasures Of Home
e. High Could Cat
f. Mille Lards Et Six Soles D'eaux
g. Bop Celtique

Bass, Electric Guitar – Roger Schaub
Drums – Arnaud Rogers
Flute [Flautas], Saxophone, Bombarde – Youenn Leberre
Guitar – Jean-Marie Renard
Guitar, Mandolin – Ricky Caust
Violin – Bruno Barré

Dan Ar Bras - Douar Nevez [1977 France] @320


Douar Nevez is a folk rock album by Dan Ar Bras. It was originally released as an LP in 1977 by Hexagone (WEA France), catalogue number 883 009. The album was produced by Hugues De Courson.
This was Ar Bras' first recording after his touring stint with Fairport Convention. He was assisted on bass by Fairport's Dave Pegg.

01. Intro
02. Retour De Guerre
03. Naissance De Dahud
04. Mort Et Immersion De Malguen / Fin Du Voyage
05. Naissance De La Ville
06. Morvac'h (Cheval de La Mer)
07. vOrgies Nocturnes
08. L'Ennui Du Roi
09. Les Forces Du Mal
10. L'Appel Du Sage
11. Submersion De La Ville
12. Douar Nevez (Terre Nouvelle)


Dan Ar Bras - electric and acoustic guitars
Patric Molard - flute, bagpipes
Benoît Widemann - keyboards
Dave Pegg - bass
Michel Santangeli - drums
Marc Chantereau - percussion

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